In this fourth article in the series on the “miracle” and the “mind,” we are going to discuss the way the unkindness of specialness is translated by the ego into making the Sonship appear fragmented. While nothing is really fragmented or separate the truth is, your brain (because everything is in the mind) has the appearance to be fragmented due to the projected forms which are simply ego judgments of specialness, uniqueness and individuality. These are used to make us be noticeable as special in a crowd of sameness and thus they divide the Sonship. This speaks to the heart the main one problem: The separation. These judgments maintain it. No body is different. Many people are the exact same regardless.
Only equals are at peace and to be equal we should look after dark differences seen with the body’s eyes to this major point in A Course in Miracles (ACIM): All of us have the exact same ego (the same fear and guilt in our mind) and that unites us. We also all have the exact same right mind and the exact same ability to decide on between them. To say we are spiritually different (special) from what is really a part folks (the same) says we prefer to maintain the separation from God and that’s what we will actually learn and teach.
The event of the miracle isn’t to have us stop choosing our egos. It’s to have us be aware that we are choosing the ego. Again, I can’t emphasize this enough. This is what gets virtually all Course in Miracles students way off the mark (Rules for Decision, Kenneth Wapnick, underline mine).
Fragments are merely the dualistic method by which we perceive differences where you can find none. Understand this quote from Kenneth Wapnick:
The Sonship [the whole] in its Oneness transcends the amount of its parts” (T-2.VII.6:3). Quite simply, one cannot appreciate the pure wholeness and oneness of Christ by simply adding up the billions and billions of fragments that the world thinks may be the Son of God what is a course in miracles, a quantifiable entity consisting of certain level of separated fragments. Christ in His very nature is a perfect and undivided One, as Mind, and He loses that essential characteristic which defines His Being if fragmentation of any one of its forms is acknowledged as real (The Message of A Course In Miracles: Few Elect to Listen by Kenneth Wapnick, page 67, underline mine).
Because of this number of articles, we’ve been using spiritually special Course teachers as our example wherein they choose “spiritual dress” to create themselves more special and chosen by God to do His work. This makes them different, i.e., be noticeable in a crowd as special from others who are their equals. In the context of this discussion, this makes fragmentation real because judgments are created about differences. Where you can find differences (instead of sameness) there’s no peace and therefore the spiritually special cannot learn nor teach peace.
The ego thrives on the comparisons of specialness. Whenever you compare yourself with others, wherein you are essential and they’re not because Jesus gave you a particular assignment… you see differences where you can find none (because you’re centered on forms which don’t matter). The only method you should think of yourself as having an essential function is to realize everyone has an important function too: forgiveness (The Healing Power of Kindness, Vol. 2: Forgiving Our Limitations by Kenneth Wapnick, location 884, Kindle, underline mine).
Cults are groups that believe themselves special from everyone else. Cult leaders are like any group leader who make themselves and their group special. Since purpose is in your brain, then their purpose is specialness, uniqueness and thus separation and fragmentation by seeking to divide the Sonship. They interact form however not in your mind as ego is all about separation. Quite simply, while everyone shares the exact same ego, the ego says each one is significantly diffent and not joined so there’s no true joining. Groups come together since they first believe they’re separate and so they’re essentially reinforcing that belief.
Everybody has memories of notorious cults ever; however, let’s make sure we understand what is meant by way of a cult or its leader. The word symbol definition for a “cult” which most don’t consider is, “A misplaced or excessive admiration for a particular person or thing.” Wapnick has recently pointed out that the Course is being made special and turned into a religion. In addition, it falls consistent with this is of a cult and spiritually special Course teachers as cult leaders due to the demands of their ego. Assertions, demands and needs are clues that the ego has been chosen. Special faith is taught by the ego to strengthen ego.
This is actually the reply to every problem that’ll confront you. These days, you think you’re sustained by everything but God. Your faith is positioned in probably the most trivial and insane symbols; pills, money, influence, prestige, being liked, knowing the “right” people, and an endless set of types of nothingness that you endow with magical powers. All these exact things are your replacements for the Love of God (Lesson 50).
Cost versus Payment
In the Course, there’s a difference between cost and payment and the ego always demands payment. Unhealed healers try to heal for cash as payment (P-3.III.2) and as cult leaders, they might offer retreats in their house, wear workshops, etc. It’s not at all times about managing them as is most widely known about cults. What they give places limitations on learning that exceeds the “cost” of any monetary payment.
You will see those of whom the Holy Spirit wants payment for His purpose. You will see those from whom He doesn’t ask. It should not function as therapist [cult leader, spiritually special Course teacher] who makes these decisions. There’s a difference between payment and cost (P-3.III.2).
Cult leaders, even in the Course, are like therapists, “… indeed useless to the world’s salvation. They make demands, and so they cannot give. Patients (students) can pay just for the exchange of illusions… and the fee is excellent” (P-3.III.3)
These so-called special leaders care about fame, fortune, being known in the Course community, with whom they share the limelight and managing others issues, etc. Everything is a demand disguised as God so it’s really the ego. The demand will come in many forms but it includes placing “faith” in their ego god who becomes in-charge folks to control our issues. Their ego may be the teacher and since their ego is the same as ours, the other illusion is merely exchanged for another, i.e., the fee is that we don’t learn anything that could actually help.
Additionally, cult leaders are utilizing the third and fourth laws of chaos, i.e., “You only have that which you take” and having taken, “Another’s loss is their gain.” They take without realizing that they’ll never remove anything except from themselves since the Son is One and undivided the truth is (T-23.II on The Laws of Chaos). Therefore, to show specialness is to show division and that which you educate you on learn. That’s how simple it will be mindless with the ego and not focus on what is being chosen or as Wapnick points out, never to be aware that you’re choosing the ego.
As long as specialness is chosen, what is “kind” remains some differing judgments supposed to attack fragments thus making them real. Fragments will be the symbol of the belief in separation. On another hand, when we practice true forgiveness, and want to release our specialness because unity and sameness are desired, the teacher of kindness may be the Holy Spirit. He helps us learn when we are choosing with our ego.
To be miracle-minded is to use forgiveness and take our specialness straight to Him and that’s not easy. We forget that assertions are the world or ego appointed defenses against its opposite. By their very nature, assertions make fragmentation appear real, which as Wapnick points out is the opposite of the Sonship as One. The best quote of his that I use as a barometer for the ego is, “Love is quiet and will not need to make assertions” because specialness always makes assertions or demands.